After setting a school record for the third time since the beginning of March, sophomore distance runner Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.) has been named the Featured Student-Athlete of the Week on GoSeattleU.com.
This past Saturday at the Willamette Invitational, Overbay competed in the top section of the 1500 meter run during the Charles Bowles Celebration of Distance. He finished fifth in the race, second among college athletes representing a specific school, with a time of 3:51.84, over three seconds faster than the previous record that stood for almost three full years.
Overbay’s record-setting streak started during the indoor track and field season, when he posted a time of 4:14.00 in the one mile run at the UW Final Qualifier March 1, breaking the then-longest-standing school record. Two weeks later at the Oregon Preview, Overbay started the outdoor track and field season by breaking the school record in the 3000 meter run by almost three full seconds with a mark of 8:30.19.
“Collin has become much more focused this year, which is clear by his results. The records he has set have been solid runs for him, but this is the beginning of what is yet to come. His focus in athletics has also come through in the classroom and is what I want to see from each of my student-athletes. I look forward to seeing continued positive achievement from him in both areas as this year goes on and throughout his time here at SU,” Seattle U head cross country and track and field coach Trisha Steidl said.
Overbay is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, and another solid performance during the winter quarter has resulted in a 3.45 cumulative grade point average. Overbay, currently fourth on the WAC performance list in the 1500 meter run, has qualified for the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 19-22.
The Seattle University track and field team will head to Spokane, Wash., Overbay’s hometown, for WAR VI, a competition between schools from Washington and a collection of schools from Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The meet is scheduled to begin Friday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m. and continue Saturday, April 13, at 9:00 a.m. at Spokane Falls Community College.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances both in the classroom and in competition.